I am a wildlife biologist with passions for environmental sustainability and conservation. I completed my PhD in Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I examined mitigation projects used to address adverse effects of industrial development on black bears. For my Master's research at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, I developed strategies to address collisions between right whales and commercial vessels navigating through the whales' feeding grounds and migration paths. Currently, I am working in Washington DC. I work for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (www.aza.org). I am the Director, Conservation Research and Policy Development. I am working on the Safe Animals From Extinction program - an ambitious and fantastic endeavor. I am also an Expedition Leader for Natural Habitat Adventures (www.nathab.com). I lead polar bear and beluga whale trips in Canada,Giant Panda and Asiatic black bear trips in China, and snow leopard expeditions in Mongolia. Over the years in my work, I have witnessed the effects of climate change first hand and I am deeply committed to working on related issues.